I am a well of exhaustion -
are you restless, are you awake when every atom
in your body wants to rest, wants to sink into sleep
like a pair of lovers arms?
Drink from me.
I am stronger than the bourbon your mother
used to drink secretly from the drawer beside her bed.
I will outlast the sleeping pills you got from the pharmacy,
I will hold you tightly in sleep when every other nepenthe
has faded and left you in the light, in the consciousness
that neither of us want.